Private Robert James Graham

 

Robert James Graham was born on 25 November 1900 in St Peter's Terrace, Old Pound, Wexford, the seventh of eight children of Royal Irish Constabulary sergeant John Graham and his wife Annie (née Moulton). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Hollyfort, Wingfield, County Wexford, with his parents and two of his six surviving siblings.

Graham enlisted in the North Irish Horse in Dublin on 5 September 1917. He gave his occupation as clerk, his address as 43 Mount Pleasant Square, Rathmines, Dublin, and his age as nineteen (he was in fact just sixteen).

Graham reported for duty at the regimental base camp at Antrim the following day. There he was issued regimental number 2675. Soon after, however, his true age was discovered, and on 26 October 1917 he was discharged 'having made a mis-statement as to age on enlistment, soldier under 17 years of age at date of application for discharge' (paragraph 392(vi)(a), King's Regulations). His military character was recorded as 'good'.